The Deputy Mayor of St Albans City and District, Councillor Brian Gibbard

Deputy Mayor 2018/2019Councillor Brian Gibbard was made Deputy Mayor of the City and District of St Albans for 2018/19, at the Annual Council meeting on 23 May 2018. His wife Susan is his consort for the year, taking on the role of Deputy Mayoress.

Brian has served as a District Councillor for St Stephen’s ward since May 2012 and previously held the role of Deputy Mayor for the municipal year 2013/2014.

During his six years as a councillor, Brian has sat on St Albans City and District Council’s Planning Policy Committee, Scrutiny Committees and the Appeals Panel. He has also represented the District Council on Hertfordshire County Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee.

Brian has served on various District Council working groups, assisting with the development of services and projects. For example, he has sat on the working groups for the Council’s recycling and refuse collection scheme and the new St Albans Museum + Gallery project.

Brian also plays an active role in wider community life. He is a committee member of the St Albans’ branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and a trustee of two sets of Almshouses in the City. 

Brian was born in St Albans City Hospital in 1952 and spent his childhood living in the local area, with his parents, three brothers and two sisters. 

In 1967, Brian met Susan, and the couple went on to marry in 1972. All four of their children were educated at local schools. Brian and Susan have just celebrated their sapphire wedding anniversary with their two sons, two daughters and seven grandchildren, who all live in the St Albans’ area.

In 1969, Brian joined a firm of electrical contractors as an apprentice electrician, later qualifying as an engineer. During his spare time, he taught electrical engineering to night school students while studying for further qualifications. This extra knowledge helped him work his way up in his company to become a co-director and owner following a management buy-out in 1987.

Brian retired in November 2011 so he could take part in public life, spend more time with his family, and pursue his interests of golf and sailing. He is a keen amateur sailor and a qualified Day Skipper. Brian also enjoys golf and walking in the wide open spaces of the golf course.

Brian is very much looking forward to his role as Deputy Mayor, and to working with the Mayor, Councillor Rosemary Farmer.

Date of last review: 05 June 2017